Joshua Palmatier

Joshua Palmatier was born in Coudersport, PA, but since his father was in the military he moved around. Alot. He’s lived in the states of Pennsylvania (three times), Florida (twice), Washington, California (briefly), Virginia, Texas (twice), and now resides in upstate New York. He has spent the majority of his life so far going to school, earning a Bachelors of Science and a Master of Arts degree in mathematics from the Pennsylvania State University, followed by a PhD in mathematics from Binghamton University. He is currently teaching mathematics (what else) at the State University of New York–Oneonta, taught for two years at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, and taught for three years at Bloomsburg University while taking a break between his masters degree and the PhD.

Joshua started writing science fiction and fantasy novels and short stories in the eighth grade, when the teacher assigned a one page Twilight Zone-ish short story. He wrote a story about Atlantis. It was from the perspective of one of the inhabitants as he escaped in a spaceship, watching his world being destroyed by water from one of the viewports of the ship. He got an A. Joshua has never stopped writing since, mainly focusing on novels.

Find Joshua on his website, or follow him on Twitter @bentateauthor.

Bibliography

  • Anthologies
    Galactic Stew
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  • Anthologies
    Apocalyptic
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  • Anthologies
    My Battery Is Low and It Is Getting Dark
    Joshua Palmatier
  • Anthologies
    Temporally Deactivated
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  • Anthologies
    Alternate Peace
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  • Anthologies
    Portals
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  • Anthologies
    Second Round: A Return to the Ur-Bar
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  • Anthologies
    Guilds & Glaives
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  • Anthologies
    The Razor’s Edge
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  • Anthologies
    Submerged
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  • Anthologies
    All Hail Our Robot Conquerors!
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  • Anthologies
    The Death of All Things
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  • Anthologies
    Were-
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  • Anthologies
    Alien Artifacts
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  • Anthologies
    Temporally Out of Order
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  • Anthologies
    The Modern Fae’s Guide to Surviving Humanity
    Joshua Palmatier
  • Anthologies
    After Hours: Tales from the Ur-Bar
    Joshua Palmatier
  • Throne of Amenkor Trilogy
    The Skewed Throne (#1)
    Joshua Palmatier
  • Throne of Amenkor Trilogy
    The Cracked Throne (#2)
    Joshua Palmatier
  • Throne of Amenkor Trilogy
    The Vacant Throne (#3)
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  • Throne of Amenkor Trilogy
    The Throne of Amenkor
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  • The Well Series
    Well of Sorrows (#1)
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  • The Well Series
    Leaves of Flame (#2)
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  • The Well Series
    Breath of Heaven (#3)
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  • The Ley Series
    Shattering the Ley (#1)
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  • The Ley Series
    Threading the Needle (#2)
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  • The Ley Series
    Reaping the Aurora (#3)
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Reviews

Anthologies

Temporally Out of Order
“This is a themed short story collection about Time travel, but it’s all inadvertent time travel. That makes this collection unique […] A thoroughly enjoyable anthology.”

Abyss & Apex

“It’s a wonderful idea that has spawned quite a few excellent stories.”

Hisham El-far’s Bloggy Thing

“Fans of time travel and those interested in well-written gimmick stories will love this anthology.”

SFRevu

“I just couldn’t put this one down. One of the best anthologies I have read.”

Erin Penn’s Second Base

Throne of Amenkor Trilogy

The Skewed Throne (#1)
“Power without control breeds a madness just as deadly as an empty stomach. That’s the key message in Palmatier’s intense fantasy debut […] Palmatier succeeds admirably in passionate, if simplistic, prose to sketch a heartfelt portrait […] This solid, earnest effort will especially appeal to young adults.”

Publishers Weekly

“Palmatier keeps the reader guessing by switching up the flow events in the novel […] that is what makes the novel so compelling, even having a pretty good idea of where Varis’s story would conclude at the end of THE SKEWED THRONE didn’t deter the narrative pull and overall engaging quality of Palmatier’s storytelling […] With THE SKEWED THRONE, Palmatier has set up a very promising trilogy.”

SF Signal

The Cracked Throne (#2)
“[An] exciting sequel […] This novel grips the reader with a swift-moving tale of political intrigue and economic survival in a world where the most dangerous secrets are never forgotten.”

Publishers Weekly

“THE CRACKED THRONE kicks into higher narrative gear and becomes a very difficult book to put down. This more than balances any drawn out elements of the merchant/restocking portion of the novel. What made the second installment of the trilogy work well for me is very much what made its predecessor work – Varis’s engaging narrative voice.”

SF Signal

The Vacant Throne (#3)
“The solid third Throne of Amenkor novel delivers plenty of action and intrigue.”

Publishers Weekly

“I’m pleased to say he finished quite strongly with THE VACANT THRONE […] [it] offers a glimpse of the world at large. It is a solid progression of storytelling and is very effective at both revealing the full picture of Palmatier’s world and his evolution as a writer. Although Palmatier brings closure in the final volume of the trilogy, I think THE VACANT THRONE hints at a world rife for more stories.”

SF Signal

The Throne of Amenkor
“Joshua’s books are fun, engaging, and where they have an edge over Lynch and Rothfuss’s series is the fact that the series is complete […] Palmatier has created a powerful and engaging female protagonist in THE THRONE OF AMENKOR. With the three volumes now complete, I recommend all of them.”

SF Signal

The Well Series

Well of Sorrows (#1)
“One of my top ten fantasy reads of the year.”

Fantasy Literature

“WELL OF SORROWS kept me spellbound for the entire length of the thick paperback. It’s well worth your time to delve into this heart-wrenching story!”

Errant Dreams

“A very good novel full of engaging writing; characters about whom Tate made me feel a great deal; and set in a fully realized secondary world that is a character in its own rights. Recommended.”

SFFWorld

“Fantasy readers will be drawn in and likely make quick work of this debut work.”

VOYA

“Brilliantly detailed worldbuilding and complicated characters makes this an engrossing read.”

Laura Anne Gilman

Leaves of Flame (#2)
“Fans who reach the cliffhanger ending will be eager for book three.”

Library Journal

“A wonderfully complex, vivid and imaginative world.”

Portland Book Review

The Ley Series

Shattering the Ley (#1)
“Palmatier exploits an active imagination to good effect, with characters who develop along with the story […] plenty of tension and excitement. Fantasy regulars looking for a fresh series with real bite should find it worth a try.”

Kirkus

“Palmatier lets the story build slowly, introducing a sprawling cast and fascinating setting, before explosively upsetting the status quo. This initial installment feels like build up for the rest of the story, but still delivers a compelling adventure.”

Publishers Weekly

“Palmatier takes familiar ideas of ley lines and magic wielders but gives them fresh life in this rich fantasy world.”

Library Journal

Threading the Needle (#2)
“Palmatier juggles the ongoing plot lines adeptly. As he explores the relationships among ley, environment, and society, he delivers a fast-paced, often brutal tale.”

Publishers Weekly

"THREADING THE NEEDLE is an exciting adventure story with lots of action.”

SFRevu

Reaping the Aurora (#3)
“Palmatier juggles a large cast and myriad plot threads as he brings this postapocalyptic fantasy saga to a close; naturally, the stakes are immense, the body count considerable, and the action intense.”

Publishers Weekly

“Fans of political intrigue will find a lot to enjoy here.”

SFRevu

Awards & Accolades

Anthologies

Throne of Amenkor Trilogy

The Well Series

The Ley Series

Shattering the Ley (#1)